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The seventh kick-off for Lighten Up 4 Life for the community sponsored by Angel Medical Center will be on Monday, Jan. 6, at 5 p.m. in the hospital dining room. The LU4L program is a free weight loss challenge that is entirely web based.

The program is based on four-person teams who compete with others to lose the largest percentage of weight against the other teams. At the conclusion of the challenge, the top three teams who have lost the Members of the first place team all receive a Kindle Fire.

“Having Lighten Up for Life become a program here in our community, gives our neighbors and friends the chance to take a few minutes during the week to ‘weigh-in’ and get the support they need to help in shedding unwanted pounds on-line.” stated James Bross, AMC CEO. “With no cost and a total online program, this is a healthy choice that makes getting healthy a lot easier for busy folks.”


Now that flu season is in full swing, it is important that the public be educated about the types of viruses that can cause it. The “flu” is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Two main types, Type A and B, are typically the ones that cause the flu epidemics each year. These viruses can cause mild to severe illnesses and can sometimes lead to death. It is estimated that 25,000 people in the U.S. die each year from the flu and another 220,000 are hospitalized.

In North Carolina, between Sept. 30, 2012, and May 18, 2013, a total of 418 cases of influenza were confirmed by the State Laboratory of Public Health. This number is only a small portion because according to Becky Barr, Public Information Officer for the Macon County Health Department, many physicians and hospitals treat influenza based on patient symptoms only, without submitting samples for laboratory confirmation.


Starting this spring, Southwestern Community College will offer a substance abuse treatment certificate for employed human services professionals already in the field.

The certificate, which can be obtained within one semester, will allow professionals to gain the substance abuse-specific education required by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board to pursue certification or licensure and skills they need to work with individuals trying to overcome addiction.


The holiday season is upon us.

For most, this time elicits fond memories of time spent with family. It likely stirs dreamy ideals of how this year will be spent filled with laughter, full of joy, and in peaceful surroundings.

For those living with a life-threatening illness – or caring for someone who is; however, the holiday season can be wrought with a host of mixed emotions. This time of year can pile on more stress to an already-stressful situation. You or your family may be feeling sad about not being able to celebrate the way you have in the past.


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published: 10/18/2013
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